A Win and a Loss for the Blacksox 17U

The Blacksox 17U team kicked off the Don Mattingly State Tournament in Burkburnett Thursday, with the goal of repeating as World Series champions.

The Blacksox looked good through six innings in their first game of the tournament. Burkburnett led 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the Frozen Ropes (McKinney) scored two runs to tie it, then Blake Rogers drove in the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth to complete the 4-3 comeback win.

With a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth, Burkburnett's Blake Estep hit a solo shot to right-center field. He drove in another run in top of the seventh, giving the Blacksox a 3-1 lead.

The biggest play of the game may have been the previous play. Connor Koepp hit a ball that fell into play in center. Andrew Herzer hustled home, looking to score from second, but was gunned down at the plate. The potential run would have made it 4-1 instead of 3-1
going into the bottom of the seventh.

Burkburnett wins the battle of the Blacksox

Just hours after the loss, the Blacksox returned to Henderson Field, looking to keep their season alive. Burkburnett drew its sister team, the Tulsa Blacksox.

Burkburnett got on the board first, with a two-run bomb from Jonathan Denney in the bottom of the first.

Rider's Blake Brom added a run in the bottom of the third, scoring on a wild pitch. Two more runs came in the bottom of the fourth, off of RBI's from Garrett Grice and Blake Estep.

Burkburnett closed it out with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Conner Koepp clinched it, by driving in Cole Wasmiller with a base hit to left-center field. The game ended with an 8-0 run-rule win for Burkburnett.

The victory featured several key defensive plays as well. Old High's Griffin Russell made a diving catch in the top of the first. Pitcher Alex Pina struck out two to end a scoring threat in the top of the second and forced an inning-ending double play to end another threat in the top of the fourth.

Burkburnett returns to action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. against the DBAT Mustangs, who beat the Dallas Titans 3-2 Thursday night.